Internationally acclaimed artist CHAN Ky-Yut has held over one hundred and fifty exhibitions in North America, Europe and Asia since his arrival to Canada in the 1970s.
He is also a practitioner of Tao, Zen, Tibetan meditation and a master in soft-style internal exercise forms. His high level of attainment in these physical and spiritual disciplines should be called to mind when one speaks of his art. The three are inseparable. As Chan Ky-Yut explains, it is only when the distinction between self and universe has dissolved, when he feels the overwhelming flow of energy and structure, that he begins to paint.
Chan's painting is thus the production of the direct transfer of his immediate experience onto the canvas without the intrusion of concept and calculation, forethought and recall. Once thought or self consciousness enters, the ensuing stroke would be indirect and insincere, and would no longer belong to the artist. Each creative process is a discovery to him, as well as self expression. His brush strokes embody the forms and vitality unique to calligraphy and, true to an expert in the art of Kung Fu, are vibrant with the rhythm and force of the interplay of distance, energy and speed. The lines flow and fly, the colours are at once harmonious and striking, the composition surprising and fresh. Blankness, an integral element in his painting, is as expressive and revealing as his brush strokes.
From Chan's unique blend of physical-spiritual training and artistic skill, evolves his singular style. He has freed himself from the traditional schools of painting. To his work, the dichotomy of East and West no longer applies – the difference lies solely in the medium. Art and artist are one.